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Mariia Zolotova

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She obtained an MA in Graphic Design at St Petersburg University (SPbU) and worked as a graphic designer in advertisement and branding. She moved to Italy to develop her profile in Product Design at the Sapienza University of Rome, where she finalized her studies with a project in the field of Design for Sustainability.While getting more in-depth into academic life, she chose the Ph. D. path. She dedicated her time and energy to building an international relationship between SPbU and Sapienza and to her research in Design for Healthcare and Cognitive Ergonomics, Interaction, and User Experience developed in collaboration with an Italian manufacturer of healthcare equipment Ginevri Srl. In that period, she also participated in establishing the DESISSPbUlab at SPbU to work and promote the projects in Design for Social Innovation.Today, she is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at XJTLU, China, and a visiting MA supervisor at SPbU. Synthesizing her diverse experience in Design, she is specifically interested in design methodologies and innovation that they can bring to the design projects, user experience, and creative process.She also serves as Design School Cumulus contact person.

Research interests

Design Methodology

Cognitive Ergonomics

User Experience

Design Innovation


Autonomous Research Assignment - Sapienza University of Rome, 2019

Methodologist - Design Thinking Center, Moscow, 2018

Project Coordinator for DESISSPbU lab - St Petersburg University

Conference management - St Petersburg University

Member of Editorial team - HRPUB Sociology and Anthropology, DIID journal, other

Graphic Designer - Ginevri srl, Velinia ltd, Matthew Daniel kids jewelry, Mazda, VW


IND209 Studio Concept Generation and Interaction

IND217 Design Studio Practice 2

IND207 Creativity, Theory and Methods

IND116 Design Communication

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Product Design - Sapienza University of Rome, 2020

MSc in Product Design - Sapienza University of Rome, 2016

MA in Graphic Design - St Petersburg University, 2012

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